Today started off with me on the verge of using toothpaste as shaving cream. It’s funny how much daydreaming about your stories can affect how you function. Despite the fact that writing sometimes feels like a pet you have to take care of that turns you into a literary crazy-cat-lady, I got a bit of a material reward today. It came in the form of my first cheque from the Public Lending Rights Commission. It’s payment for my work that is available in libraries in Canada. There’s something…

Sometimes correcting what you’ve written using Dragon Dictate is like playing mad gab.

That giddy feeling Upon finishing a work greater imagined

Think, tweak and edit Write logline to capture tale Submit to agent–wait.  

A project, daunting Turns into flowing river As the words pour out.

And so it begins A written word, maybe two For a novella

And so it begins, Nov. 1, the national novel writing frenzy that motivates authors all around the world to try and write 50,000 words in 30 days, an average of 1667 words per day. This is my first year attempting the tremendous feat, and I will be writing a cyberpunk novel… wish me luck! I’ll be posting about my progress and possibly a record of my sanity, or lack thereof, as the month progresses.

The Edmonton Public Library just bought 2 copies of Opus 3. You can now find it in your friendly neighbourhood library!

Do you have a cat experience that is locked in your memory? Have you a tale of tails that makes you happy, sad, scared, surprised or warm? If you’ve ever come across a cat in your travels, chances are you have something interesting to say about them. I’d love to hear about it! The best part is that you can win a FREE book! Here’s how: 1. Share your cat experience as a comment to this post. 2. Leave an e-mail address where I can contact you. 3….

It’s been a while since I’ve updated anything writing related and that’s because another little project has been in full gear–my thesis. It’s been satisfying to finalize some things that have been sitting in limbo for a while, but it hasn’t been without frustrations. I believe they’re outside the realm of what are considered normal grad school problems (even some of these I think are intolerable and it’s appalling that they are acceptable in the academic community). I won’t go into great detail but suffice it to say…